Archive for 2021

January 28

Thursday, January 28th, 2021

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 

Colossians 3:13-14 


CPDC announces spring schedule of virtual events 

The Career and Professional Development Center has a full slate of exciting virtual events planned for the 2021 spring semester. A full listing, including registration links, can be found on the attached document and also by clicking here: . 

Please help us spread the word about these programs by promoting them to your students. Educators are welcome to attend all events as well! 

Messiah announces new partnership with Tree of Life Bookstores 

Messiah is pleased to announce a new partnership with Tree of Life Bookstores, who will take over operations of the Campus Store. The partnership will also provide Messiah students with more affordable course material solutions. 

Tree of Life will offer their innovative Textbook Butler service to students. This service allows students to receive all their course materials delivered to their campus residence or desired address before classes begin, at an affordable price. 

From the initial contact and interview process, it was evident that Tree of Life’s mission is a fit with Messiah University. They want our students to be successful in the classroom and will work with the university to find cost effective ways to provide the needed resources. 

Hiring summer student employees 

If your department plans to hire student employees for the summer of 2021, please read the summer hiring information found here: prior to proceeding with the summer hiring process or making employment offers. At this time, we are proceeding in anticipation that we will have summer student job openings for the upcoming summer. However, we anticipate the pandemic planning to continue to be a fluid planning item over the next few months. As such, the summer student hiring process and/or availability of student jobs is subject to change as we monitor the pandemic situation and related regulations. As you communicate with students about summer jobs, please be sure to communicate the fluidity of the situation and that any offers of employment are subject to change. 

In order to assist students with obtaining summer on-campus employment, the Student Employment Office will be holding a virtual summer job fair on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 11:30 a.m. -4 p.m. Departments hiring summer student workers should plan to have a representative available on the day of the Job Fair to meet with students via Zoom. Please keep the following dates in mind as you plan your summer student hiring: 

-Jan. 29: Summer position requests/modifications due 

– Feb. 5: RSVP for job fair due, summer postings due, and Zoom links due 

– Feb. 17: summer job fair 

– March 19: summer hiring proposals are due 

If you have any questions about summer student employment, please contact Belinda Conrad, ext. 2900 or 

Employee Wellness 

Employee Wellness is starting back up! This semester, we will be learning about a range of topics from types of movement, to nutrition, to training, to mental health. Every week, information about a new topic will be sent out and challenges on how to participate and grow in your own wellness will be included. Employees will be in groups with other employees to journey together and win prizes just for participating! If interested in being on a team, find some partners and fill out If interested to get Employee Wellness emails to learn about these topics, or be placed on a team, email 

University policy regarding events 

Room capacities 

The University is following the targeted mitigation measures provided by the PA Dept. of Health. Current guidelines dictate that all indoor events are restricted to 10% of the room occupancy. The only exceptions to this are for gatherings tied to the curriculum including academic class, chapel, and some co-curricular activities. The University continues to encourage ALL meetings and club gatherings to take place remotely if possible.  

Current guidelines dictate that all outdoor events/gatherings are restricted to 15% of maximum occupancy. Please consider this guidance even as you plan events for the spring when the weather is warmer as we do not know when these restrictions may be adjusted. It is important to note that the capacity of space listed in EMS is the number of available seats in the room with social distancing. This is NOT the 10% of maximum occupancy that is specified in PA’s mandate. 10% of maximum occupancy will always be LESS than what is listed in EMS. The Department of Conference and Event Services can provide assistance with determining if your event can take place. Here are some examples of capacities for events/gatherings in large spaces on campus: 

Hostetter Chapel – 35
Parmer Hall – 89
Recital Hall – 14
Miller Theater – 36 
Parmer Cinema – 13
Howe Atrium – 7
Brubaker A-Side – 50  

Social distancing of campus space 

The Department of Conference and Event Services is tasked with maintaining social distancing in all classrooms and public campus spaces. Less than a week after resetting all space, chairs and desks were found to have been moved. Please do not move any chairs, tables or desks in classroom spaces. We understand the desire to use rooms differently, but in order to maintain the integrity of distancing (which has been measured in each room) we ask that you do NOT move anything. This includes spaces such as Hostetter Chapel and Brubaker. 

Those found to have moved furniture will have their ability to reserve space revoked. This includes clubs and organizations.  

Boyer resource rooms will be re-adjusted in the next week. Please do not move furniture within these spaces or move furniture back into the rooms that we may remove. These are very small spaces and if distancing cannot be maintained, these rooms will need to be locked.  

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our community safe! 


Job opportunities 

The Residence Life Office has an opening for a part-time administrative assistant to the associate dean of students/residence life. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions may be directed to Doug Wood, associate dean of students at 

The Admissions Office has an opening for a part-time data entry processor. For more information and to apply, please visit: Job-related questions should be directed to Pamela Shook, undergraduate admissions data processing supervisor at 

For sale 

Sea Glass necklaces. $10 each.  I have 3 handmade sea glass necklaces that I have from my homemade collection of crafts. Each is approximately 15 1/2″ long and can easily be slipped over the head. Each comes with its own little draw string bag so you can give it as a gift. Email: 


Request for fabric donations. A group of volunteers from Grantham Church is making comforters for MCC. Contact David Owen ( if you have old (but not used) cotton or cotton blend fabric you’d be willing to donate. Thank you! 

PUZZLES. Looking to get rid of all those puzzles? I can give them a great home. My 86 year old mom loves doing puzzles and is homebound. She spends her days doing puzzles (all day) and could put some of those puzzles to good use. Please email: